Saturday, August 18, 2012

6 Month-ish recap

Well, I haven't written in this diet blog, or any of my blogs, recently despite typing up a few articles in a Word document. So here goes...

I have lost 60 lbs so far. Yay! OMG. Holy Moly! Amazing actually. I am way behind the curve compared to some others (whom I personally know) on this same diet plan. I have been on the plan for over a year now and sometimes I am a bit down on myself for not losing more, trying harder, sticking closer to the rules. Like with a friends wedding coming up...

But.

I know me. I know that I will cheat, that I can't have just three tablespoons of creamer and no other fat for the day, or only two tablespoons of dressing a day as my fat. Do you know how small two tablespoons actually is on three cups of salad?!?!?!?! So I took what I wanted from this diet, tried to follow the rules, and was fine breaking the ones that revolved around spices and flavor. Technically I am a failure, a cheater, and a poor example for others interested, and a dishonor to those who really do dedicate themselves. But then again, I am still successful, healthier, and most importantly, sticking with the diet and a new lifestyle.

The reason I am not down on myself, despite the admissions, is because I still see results even with my laxity. Actually, and more to the point, I have found the happy medium where I am not gaining, at all, and am living healthier. 

Sure I want the last 50lbs to hurry up and get gone. But I am still sticking with it. I weigh the protein so I don't over eat when I am not super physically active. I make we have a salad and another veggie, or two depending on the recipe. And I try not to make Crock Pot recipes, or any for that matter, that use condensed soups. Sure, once in a while we need to try something new. But then I have to work out even more! Let's face it, I am lazy. Why work out more when I don't have to?

Most of the time I skip the carbs, refined or otherwise, and do pretty good. I won't mention that I ate most of a bag of chips over the course of a few weeks. But I will say it wasn't in one sitting. I won't say I am dying for a quesadilla from one particular restuarant. But I will say I now refuse to go there because it is just too fried, too oily, despite all ingredients being extremely fresh. I just know myself. And with this diet I have practiced the will power to avoid. 

I still celebrate with food, cheaper than a pair of shoes, but I don't wallow in it when I get bad news. Or rejection after rejection for job applications. Or when the movers bring me ruined furniture, which brings me to my next point.

We moved across country and all I had were soups and drinks. Had I been thinking I would have ordered some bars and puffs for easier eating while driving. Needless to say we ate take out or restaurant food almost three meals day, if not more depending on the length of the day. We stopped to see family along the way, so real food and diet food flowed then. However, my point in this story is that I only gained 5 lbs. That's it. Two months of basically off plan eating but good choices in spite of it all. As soon as we got our furniture and the power turned on for the fridge to hold some food I lost those five and returned to my plateau. I joined the Y and did Zumba three days in a week and lost 2 pounds! That plateau is busted!

So the long and the short of it is I have succeeded in making the lifestyle change. Sure, I still want a beer now and then or yummy fried artichoke hearts. And I might have one someday. But the point is I decide what I want to have and then adjust the rest of the day or week accordingly, I don't just add it on. If I am bad today I have to try to stick to good for another 7 days. The number isn't important, its a gauge to keep me from saying, oh ok, why not?

I am so excited about Zumba and Yoga. All of the muscles hurt in my body, muscles I never knew were there. But I still know most of the dance moves and I am still pretty limber. Just takes practice.

So I think that about sums up the diet bit. The treadmil survived the move ok and I realized I need to get on it in the morning, my recent schedule, and if I don't my whole day is kind of off. A great and terrible realization. Off to buy more veggies.

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